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VCUQatar hosts "Qatar Day" at the Commons Plaza. Henna, calligraphy, Arabian perfumes, a fashion show and Qatari food will be available. Participants can have a picture taken wearing traditional Qatari clothing or with a camel. For more information, contact Ashley Burton at or visit

The Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering and the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies host a new eColloquium series featuring Woon-Hong Yeo, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Engineering, discussing “Skin-Like Electronic Systems: Human-Machine Interfaces and Clinical Applications” in the Molecular Medicine Research Building, Room 1-013. The mission of the eColloquium is to facilitate collaborations between investigators across VCU via exposure to ongoing research and lively discussion. For more information, contact Jessica Bourdon at or (804) 828-2617 or visit

Tompkins-McCaw Library presents "Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture," an exhibition that illustrates an iconic history of AIDS alongside lesser-known examples of historical figures who changed the course of the pandemic. Utilizing a variety of historic photographs, pamphlets and publications, "Surviving and Thriving" is divided into five historical investigations, each of which highlights how different groups responded to AIDS. The exhibit is open during library hours. For more information, contact Thelma Mack at or visit

This week

Massey Cancer Center invites all patients, survivors and caregivers to its Linen-Powell Patient Resource Library, on the ground floor of North Hospital, for a free seminar led by clinical research manager Pat Dodson discussing "Writing Through the Experience of Cancer." A number of research studies have shown that expressive writing may help improve emotional and physical health. Registration is not required, but space is limited. For more information, contact Heather Martin at

The Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery presents "Normal Mode Analysis Guided Investigation of Inter-Subunit Interactions in HCN Channel" featuring Lei Zhou, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom A. For more information, contact Glen Kellogg at

The ALT Lab invites faculty to professional learning every Wednesday and Thursday at the ALT Lab in the Academic Learning Commons, Suite 4102. Members of the ALT Lab team will be gathered in the informal learning space. The ALT Lab Agora is part coffee shop, part meeting ground; it is both a physical place and a gathering of people. There will be no formal agenda, no dedicated topic. Attendees should bring teaching and learning challenges. Coffee will be provided. For more information, contact Jon Becker at or visit

The Wellness Resource Center and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs present an interactive panel discussion on U.S. sports culture as it relates to gender based violence and Title IX in the Commons Theater. For more information, contact Tremayne Robertson at

VCU Music student midterm ensembles perform in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. The VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, led by Terry Austin, performs Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. The VCU Symphony, led by Daniel Myssyk, performs Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Jazz Orchestras I and II, plus the Faculty Jazz Combo, perform at the Fall Jazz Festival on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance; $10 at the door; and free for students with ID. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at or (804) 828-6776 or visit

The Institute for Women’s Health, in partnership with the YWCA of Richmond, invites the VCU community to an October Domestic Violence Brown Bag Lunch seminar series each Thursday in October from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 6 North Fifth St. Presentations will be made by VCU faculty experts on dating violence on campus, abuse of persons with disabilities and "Forensic Nurse Examiners: Responding to Intimate Partner Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Within the LGBT Community." Register by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Janett Forte at or (804) 227-3053 or visit

Muslim Student Association holds its fall "Henna Social" at the Commons concession stand. Henna, cultural hand art, and food will be available to celebrate the Muslim holiday Eid. Prices are $3 for one side of a hand or $5 for two hands, one side, or one hand, both sides. For more information, contact Arwa Ansari at

Bhakti Yoga Club hosts J. Dana Trent in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Dana and her husband, Fred, will present "Holy Friendships: Navigating Interfaith Conversations on Campus." Dana is a writer, speaker, teacher, ordained Baptist minister and author of the interfaith memoir, "Saffron Cross." Fred is a devout Hindu who formerly lived as a monk and is a practitioner of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. For more information, contact Sarah Amick at or visit

Theatre VCU presents one night to buy one ticket for Macbeth and get another free with VCU ID at the Theatre VCU Box Office in the lobby of the Singleton Center for Performing Arts. For more information, contact Theatre VCU Box Office at or (804) 828-6026 or visit

RamTech holds an "Appy Hour" exclusively for faculty and staff in the Human Resources Training Room, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a presentation of useful apps for professional productivity, classroom and student use. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop in store. Punch and desserts will be served in the store. R.S.V.P. to the email below to receive a free gift and coupon; space is limited to 50 guests. For more information, contact RamTech at or (804) 828-8324 or visit

The Department of Music presents Professor Victor Dvoskin’s faculty recital as he brings his own jazz trio to the stage at the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. The band includes Bob Hallahan (piano) and Brian Jones (drums), former VCU jazz professors, celebrating the release of the trio’s CD, “Here.” A post-concert dialogue between audience and performers will follow the concert at approximately 8:45 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Department of Music at or (804) 828-1166 or visit

The VCU Equestrian team hosts a horse show at Stillmeadows Farm, 8472 Wyndale Drive Mechanicsville, 23116. Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, Longwood, Mary Washington, William & Mary, Randolph Macon and the University of Richmond will also be participating. There are no bleachers so attendees are encouraged to bring chairs. Food will be catered. Rain or shine. For more information, contact Aly Howse at or (757) 567-4851 or visit

Coming up

The Office of Research and Innovation offers one-on-one, guided searches of federal and private funding sources for faculty research on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Hunton Student Center, Room 209, and on Monday, Oct 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Office of Research, 809 S. Cathedral Place, Room 103. Appointments are required, and usually last about one hour. Visit the website below, under "Grant Search Training Request" to make an appointment. For more information, contact Jessica Venable at or visit

The School of Education invites faculty, staff and students to attend the fifth annual Ruth Harris Lecture in Dyslexia Studies, featuring Jack Horner, paleontologist and consultant for the "Jurassic Park" films, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Horner will talk about his childhood struggle with dyslexia and his dreams of becoming a paleontologist. For more information, contact Jessa Nelson at or (804) 828-3382 or visit

VCU Libraries holds a day of walk-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers in Cabell Library, Room 250. The topics covered will include creating effective data visualizations, finding your voice in scholarly conversations and locating images and inspiration. A free lunch with colleagues and fellow students will follow. To register and see the full schedule, visit the website below. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit


Conduct Appeal Board: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Conduct Appeal Board. Faculty, classified staff and students may participate. To learn more about the Student Code of Conduct and/or the training schedule use the contact information below. For more information, contact Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at or (804) 828-1963 or visit

Long Distance Calling Cards

Effective Wednesday, Oct. 1, Telecommunications Services no longer offers long distance calling card services given the decommissioning of the calling card platform by Verizon Business. Existing long distance calling cards will remain active until Sunday, Nov. 30. After Nov. 30, they will be deactivated and no longer usable. Since VITA will not be offering a statewide replacement; prepaid calling cards may now be purchased using a P-card to replace existing calling cards and/or acquire new ones. For more information, contact Kim Kyte at or (804) 828-0080.

Seasonal Flu Shots on Campus

Human Resources Work/Life program provides eligible VCU faculty and staff seasonal flu shots on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-B; Thursday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20; Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20; and Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons III-IV. To receive the vaccine, employees must participate in the State Health Benefits program and show their health plan ID card. If employees are not able to attend one of the on-campus dates, shots are provided at many area pharmacies. Call ahead to ensure the pharmacy participates in the state health care program. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at

New Testing Procedures for Students with Disabilities on Monroe Park Camppus

Disability Support Services offers two testing locations for students with disabilities who need testing accommodations in the Disability Support Services office or the Campus Testing Center in Hibbs Hall. Having two testing locations will provide additional space and comfort for students. There are new testing procedures this semester as a result of the adding testing location. Professors who have not received information about the new testing procedures, use the contact information below. For more information, contact Disability Support Services at or (804) 828-2253 or visit

VCU Leadership Development Program 2015: Applications Accepted

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute accepts applications for the VCU Leadership Development Program class of 2015. The goal of this program is to develop approximately 25 current and emerging leaders each year who represent the academic and administrative units of the university and the VCU Health System. Applications are due Tuesday, Oct. 1. For more information, contact Lindsey Evans at or (804) 827-1225 or visit

See a schedule of workshops and classes that teach how to use collections and databases.
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See a schedule of workshops and seminars that teach how to use computer applications.